|Whoever invented cardboard is awesome.|
1. We DO need a cage. I've heard that some people advocate for letting their rabbits roam free throughout the house all the time. I can honestly say this isn't fun. Sure, it's a blast to go crazy and race all over the place every now and then, but we do need a place to call home, where we can decorate how we want (aka: poop everywhere and rearrange the furniture). Don't get mad at us when we poop inside our cage. That's how we mark our territory. We promise not to poop in other places (usually). And keep us indoors if possible. Our wild counterparts may be outdoor animals, but we fare much better inside instead of a hutch in the yard. Plus, it can get lonely and scary out there.
|In addition to my cage, I have a pet fence to give me plenty of room to run |
in a safe area away from tasty electrical cords.
3. Unlike some animals, we need fresh food and water all the time. We like to eat when we want to eat, and we're pretty good at regulating our diets on our own. Restricting our food and water will often cause us digestive issues and make us lose our appetites. Not good.
4. We need our space. While we may look cute and cuddly, we're not like dogs and cats. Well, maybe we're more like cats. We want to be left alone most of the time. We don't like being manhandled by children. We don't make good pets for little kids. Older children are more our style, as long as they can give us alone time. It will take us awhile to warm up to you, and even then, some of us just don't like to be held. We're happy to hang out near you and let you pet us occasionally, but don't force us to endure hours of attention. It stresses us out.
5. Like cats, we like cheap toys over expensive ones. Give me a ball of straw, a pillow, a stuffed animal, or a blanket and I'm a happy camper (except I hate camping). I'll spend a good half an hour rearranging my blanket to make it just the shape I want it. And you know what I like better than my blanket? A magazine and a phone book. Stop laughing, I'm serious. It's so much fun to rip the magazines to shreds. Same with the phone books, though I love curling up on mine for a nap. And boxes. I love me a cardboard box. They provide a hiding place I can chew on. Heaven, if you ask me.
|My favorite place to nap: on top of the phonebook|
So there are a few tips I have on raising a rabbit to be happy and content like I am. And if you do get a rabbit and realize it's not the pet for you, don't let it go in the woods. We're not wild animals anymore. We can't fend for ourselves. We will die. Shelters take rabbits, too. Do us a favor and give us a chance at a happy life.
This has been a PSA from your loveable local rabbit, Bunny Boop. I'll now give Samantha her blog back and let her bore you with human stuff.